Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

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Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Conventional museums tend to emphasize the individual intrinsic value of the displayed items, separate from their historical or archaeological context. This museum, however, recognizes the fact that each artifact exhibited has its historical background, and has its own unique archaeological status. The museum, therefore, tries to guide the visitor further into the world that the object once inhabited, and enable the onlooker to understand properly the object's comprehensive cultural background. The guiding principle of the museum of the IHP is the scientific spirit of "New Academic Research", which has served as the foundation of Academia Sinica since its inception. The first floor focuses on archaeology, and includes artifacts from ancient Chinese civilization, extending from the Neolithic Lungshan culture through the Shang period, the Western Chou, and into the Eastern Chou period. The second floor concentrates on historical records, and is divided into six types: wooden slips from the Han dynasty, rare books, the archives of the Grand Secretariat, ethnic groups from the southwest China, stele ink rubbings and historical documents from Taiwan, as well as a display area reserved for special exhibitions. Notes and explanations are provided by experts of every field in Academia Sinica. The exhibition starts in the main hall on the second floor, and all display areas can be reached from this hall. Each area on the second floor is preceded by an introductory note on how the artifacts were found as well as their academic significance. The transparent glass floor on the second level and the path from the second floor down to the first floor are designed to generate an atmosphere of walking underground into an archaeological site. The corridors on the first floor exhibition area link the display areas from different periods. Previous spatial constraints imposed by numerous supporting pillars of the building were resolved using an ingenious design to portray visually the division of the historical past into different periods. The most outstanding feature of this area -- apart from the photographs of the tombs and archaeological excavations presented on the wall -- is that all of the artifacts excavated from any one tomb are all displayed.
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,591 contributions
Hiddne gem: simply superb
Jan 2020
This is not a well known museum, and is clearly off the beaten track. One of the several museums on the campus of Academia Sinica (near the Nangang MRT station - take a cab from the station, is about 100-120 NTD). Only open only Wed and weekends: and Wed is an excellent time to go since you will have the museum to yourself. And what a collection! Stunning display of various top tier (i.e. National Treasure level) artifacts in both the permanent exhibition as well as the special exhibition on Eastern Zhou bronzes. Nice environment and fairly detailed explanatory notes. Not to be missed for lovers of Chinese culture and history
Written January 17, 2020
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Juande Moreno
Province of Seville, Spain247 contributions
Nice and interesting
Jan 2019
On Academia Sinica campus, a nice collection of ancient weapons, ink rubbing and archeological findings. Only opens on Weds and weekends. Free admission.
Written January 19, 2019
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leo88copper
Houston, TX554 contributions
Excellent collection, must visit it
Jun 2015 • Solo
I went to this museum by accident. It has exquisite collections. It is a hidden gem in Taipei. It only opens to public on Wed and Sat. The collection from a king's tomb and on minority on SW China blew me away. The best free museum I have ever been to. Do not miss it. Since it is located in the Academia Sinica, the best way is to get off Nangang station and take bus to the Academia Sinica. Or taxi.
Written July 3, 2015
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Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica is open:
  • Wed - Wed 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM